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AMD 3.2GHz Phenom II X4 Coming in April

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According to HKEPC, AMD plans to release the 3.2 GHz Phenom II X4 955 in April while the 3.1 GHz Phenom II X4 950 will not even make it to the market.

Chinese website HKEPC said that sources in the Taiwan motherboard industry claim that the 3.1 GHz Phenom II X4 950 will not make it to the market, but will be replaced by the 3.2GHz Phenom II X4 955 in April thanks to better-than-expected yields of the 45nm Deneb quad core processor. Built for the AM3 socket, the processor will have the same 8MB cache and 125W power envelope as the previous 950 processor, but will be 200 MHz faster than the current top-of-the-line Phenom II offering and support DDR3-1333 memory.

In addition to the 3.2 GHz Phenom II X4 955, there's talk that AMD plans to launch the Phenom II X2 500 dual-core line, originally codenamed as Callisto, listed for a release in mid-May. The Phenom II X2 550 will clock in at 3.1 GHz and feature 7 MB total cache, whereas the Phenom II X2 545 will clock in at 3.0 GHz and feature 7 MB total cache as well. Supposedly, the Callisto processor is just the Deneb with two cores disabled; each chip uses 6 MB of shared L3 cache and 512KB of L2 cache per core.

Finally, HKEPC also mentions the Regor, a low-end dual-core Athlon X2 200 which apparently doesn't feature L3 cache like the Callisto, and only has a 65w power envelope compared to the Callisto's 85w power envelope. Although built for Socket AM3, the Regor provides 2 x 1 MB of L2 cache only.

Although AMD plans to release the X4 955, X2 550 and X2 545 during April and May, currently there's no word on the actual cost of each. Stay tuned as AMD officially reveals the processors (hopefully) soon.

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    Anonymous , March 2, 2009 9:12 PM
    That's hott...
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    belardo , March 2, 2009 9:17 PM
    With all these numbers... wished AMD just renamed the entire Phenom line to something else, considering how "Phenom" failed anyways. The new model numbers make more sense - but

    Phenom II X4 955 or Phenom II X2 545 ugh!

    X(core) Model number would be fine. You knew how many cores you were getting.

    I'd have gone with something like this, Using "Alpga" as some sort of new name.

    Alpha X2 120
    Alpha X3 120
    Alpha X4 120

    Start the numbers low... the X(core #) makes sense.
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    IronRyan21 , March 2, 2009 9:22 PM
    AMD FTW!
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    A Stoner , March 2, 2009 9:26 PM
    Glad to see they are getting some speed up from mature process, I hope the can put more pressure on intel. One thing that sticks out though is that they are really tightly binning things. 3.0, 3.1 & 3.2? I think intel is usually at least a bit more spread out than that, aren't they? I mean when I got my quad 6600 it was 2.4 and the next higher one was like 2.6 or 2.66 the one after that was 2.93 or 3.0.
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    blackwidow_rsa , March 2, 2009 9:39 PM
    intels new speed binning isnt that great. it's only half a multiplier (on the E7x00)
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    eddieroolz , March 2, 2009 9:42 PM
    I'd love to have one of the new Phenom II X2's - I don't need a Quad. But you know what, with high overclockability and low price...I just might want to switch to AMD.
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    cruiseoveride , March 3, 2009 12:13 AM
    bet it will suck balls.
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    scarpa , March 3, 2009 7:07 AM
    Maybe the Phenom II 955 3.2Ghz will come very close to Core i7 920,that would be great.
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    acasel , March 3, 2009 8:27 AM
    I think it would be great if the phenom II 3.2ghz flavor overclocks well ... c",)
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    neiroatopelcc , March 3, 2009 9:14 AM
    how can the 955 be 200mhz faster than the 950 if the first runs 3.2ghz and the latter 3.1ghz?
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    sandmanwn , March 3, 2009 10:42 AM
    neiroatopelcchow can the 955 be 200mhz faster than the 950 if the first runs 3.2ghz and the latter 3.1ghz?

    Quote:
    will be 200 MHz faster than the current top-of-the-line Phenom II offering

    The current top of the line is the 940. 950 is 100 but is canceled so its 200 back to the 940.
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    vaskodogama , March 3, 2009 10:45 AM
    I hope the Phenom II's are good! I am sick of this reign of intel, even I own an Intel's Q6600, great processor though!
    Go on AMD!
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    trinix , March 3, 2009 10:51 AM
    I really hope AMD does make a comeback and shows off it's power.

    Now the big question will be. Is 1mb l2 cache x2 better than 512kb x2 + 6 mb l3?
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    _horse , March 3, 2009 10:54 AM
    Wondering what the pricetag is gonna look like.

    Ill admit, I love my E8400 Wolfdale, but Im still an AMD man at heart.
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    Anonymous , March 3, 2009 2:06 PM
    It almost seems to me there will be dual and tripple core phenoms available?
    I have no use for quadcores, since I don't game often, but a dual/tri-core could be very interesting!
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    sublifer , March 3, 2009 2:56 PM
    BelardoWith all these numbers... wished AMD just renamed the entire Phenom line to something else, considering how "Phenom" failed anyways. The new model numbers make more sense - butPhenom II X4 955 or Phenom II X2 545 ugh! X(core) Model number would be fine. You knew how many cores you were getting.I'd have gone with something like this, Using "Alpga" as some sort of new name.Alpha X2 120Alpha X3 120Alpha X4 120Start the numbers low... the X(core #) makes sense.

    Or integrate the number of cores into the name:
    Alpha 100
    Alpha 200
    Alpha 400

    Change the last number for speed and the 2nd number for generations. Like 101, 102, 103 are faster versions in the same generation then 110 is the lowest speed of the second gen. If they want a low power line add an L in front of the number, for Black edition or whatever they want to call the high ends add a B or an X in front of the number
    Alpha X409 :) 
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    bouliche_70 , March 6, 2009 7:00 PM
    this is a test
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    Anonymous , March 7, 2009 3:25 AM
    Still waiting for a Phenom II X4 Black Edition Socket AM3. My wallet is ready.